Because we need more carriers than the combined navies of every other nation on the planet.It is even more expensive than just the carrier though; you have to stock it with munitions, planes (very expensive ones), spare parts, tools, and then there are the escort ships.Carriers do not operate by themselves, they have escort ships with all the associated costs that go with them.And then there are the very expensive trained people you need to run them, repair things, and steer the bloody things.All a very expensive way to bully other nations, kill goat herders, and "pertect" us from radical religious groups."Shooting blanks"...another book, dated, is of interest since it connects some of the true costs of any modern military....James F. Dunnigan is the author.md (Nuclear Missiles that we don't want to use, and might just, if used, kill all of us)
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